Wendy Williams has been criticized again after discussing the death of teenage TikTok star Matima Miller, also known as Swavy, on her talk show.
During her “Hot Topics” segment, where Swavy’s large TikTok audience was discussed, she casually revealed to her audience that he had been murdered. Her remarks were called “offensive” and “abhorrent” by the audience.
A 56-year-old host, Wendy Williams, told her studio audience to “clap” if they had ever heard of the 19-year-old TikToker Matima Miller.
With a disengaged expression on her face, Wendy retracted details surrounding Miller’s death.
Wendy Williams said, “I have no idea who this person is [and] neither does one person in this building.”
Then she added, looking unimpressed, “He is a TikTok star, and he’s got more followers than me: 2.5 million.”
Norman Baker, the producer, used his vantage point behind the camera to boost Williams’ ego by telling her that she had an enormous following on Instagram, which she promptly deleted.
After that, she continued, “Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore. As far as TikTok, I do not use that at all. I do not know what that is; I do not want to be involved.”
Before switching to another topic, Wendy concluded, “Swavy is now dead. Ah, all those followers. Yeah, that is really tragic, only 19 years old.”
Tweeters snubbed the segment and posted it online, resulting in criticism and disapproval. In addition, there has been ridicule of Wendy’s delivery due to her lack of sensitivity.
As one tweeter put it, “Wait. This was how she[Wendy William] chose to lead the segment talking about this young man’s death? We all know Wendy to be messy and with the shits, but this wasn’t cool at all.”
The BBC reported that Miller died this past Monday in Delaware after being shot. Upon learning of his death, his family published an announcement online along with a promise to make sure justice is served in catching his killer.
There have been calls for the show, which is in its 13th season, to end once and for all.
People called Wendy’s comments “disrespectful,” saying she should apologize to the Miller family for those remarks.
There was even criticism that this matched Wendy’s sharp hosting style. Others, however, believed it was in line with her brand.
In an attempt to defend Wendy, many pointed to how her mother’s death announcement was worded similarly.